Johnson County, Georgia

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Johnson County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Johnson County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded December 11, 1858
Named for Herschel Vespasian Johnson
Seat Wrightsville
Largest city Wrightsville
Area
 • Total 307 sq mi (795 km2)
 • Land 303 sq mi (785 km2)
 • Water 3.6 sq mi (9 km2), 1.2%
Population
 • (2010) 9,980
 • Density 33/sq mi (13/km²)
Congressional district 10th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.johnsonco.org

Johnson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,980.[1] The county seat is Wrightsville.[2]

Johnson County is part of the Dublin, GA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Johnson county was created by the Georgia legislature December 11, 1858 from parts of Emanuel, Laurens and Washington counties. Johnson County was named for Georgia governor, senator, and unsuccessful U.S. vice-presidential candidate Herschel Vespasian Johnson.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 307 square miles (800 km2), of which 303 square miles (780 km2) is land and 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2) (1.2%) is water.[4]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,919
1870 2,964 1.5%
1880 4,800 61.9%
1890 6,129 27.7%
1900 11,409 86.1%
1910 12,897 13.0%
1920 13,546 5.0%
1930 12,681 −6.4%
1940 12,953 2.1%
1950 9,893 −23.6%
1960 8,048 −18.6%
1970 7,727 −4.0%
1980 8,660 12.1%
1990 8,329 −3.8%
2000 8,560 2.8%
2010 9,980 16.6%
Est. 2013 9,767 −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 8,560 people, 3,130 households, and 2,241 families residing in the county. The population density was 28 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 3,634 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 62.44% White, 36.96% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. 0.91% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,130 households out of which 32.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.70% were married couples living together, 18.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.40% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county the population was spread out with 30.10% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 24.30% from 25 to 44, 21.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.50 males. The median income for a household in the county was $23,848, and the median income for a family was $29,663. Males had a median income of $28,952 versus $18,171 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,384. About 20.90% of families and 22.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.60% of those under age 18 and 30.90% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

The county is governed by a five-member board of commissioners. A county manager handles the daily operation of the county.

The county is part of the Dublin Judicial Circuit along with Twiggs County, Treutlen County, and Laurens County.

Education[edit]

In 1970, Johnson County schools integrated peacefully due to careful planning by the county's board of education and firm management by superintendent Buren Claxton.

The county's public schools are located in Wrightsville. The school mascot is the Trojan; and the school colors are blue and white. The school fight song is the theme from the movie Hang 'Em High.

Sports[edit]

Herschel Walker, a Johnson County native, played on the county's only state championship football team in 1979. Walker went on to play for the University of Georgia and won the Heisman Trophy. In 2004 Johnson County High School named its football field for Walker.

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 169. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 32°42′N 82°40′W / 32.70°N 82.66°W / 32.70; -82.66